Herald Independent- RSS OPINION Feed http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:25:38 EST 1800 VA vet choice program: Only 1 in 5 offered option http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152534003/VA-vet-choice-program:-Only-1-in-5-offered-option Only one in five veterans eligible for the Choice Card were offered the option to get private care outside the Veterans Affairs Department, according to a report released March 3 by Veterans of Foreign Wars. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:10:51 EST A message of thanks http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152528832/A-message-of-thanks First giving thanks to God for watching over me and allowing me to fulfill my duties and responsibilities as Sheriff of Fairfield County for 22 wonderful years. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:00:52 EST Fighting back against food stamp fraud http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152551857/Fighting-back-against-food-stamp-fraud Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint, and their homes are not burglarized. But they are the victims of theft just the same. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:35:53 EST On ‘Real Women’ http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152510446/On-Real-Women I am an unreal woman, evidently. A fake, a fraud, an alien-woman of sorts. At least that's what I keep hearing and reading. Because evidently, real women have “curves,” “back fat,” “bass,” and... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:40:54 EST Why are so many people single? http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152448295/Why-are-so-many-people-single Can you imagine that your parents arranged three or five or more blind dates for you in a week? That's what my friends who are still single experienced in their Chinese New Year holidays. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:50:52 EST Betting the farm on a lie http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152510412/Betting-the-farm-on-a-lie Few things sell ideas in American politics like a good farm story.Just ask Representative Dave Reichert. He held a hearing recently on the impact of the estate tax on farms and small businesses. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:50:51 EST New pitch for Pentagon planners http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152456634/New-pitch-for-Pentagon-planners Officials estimate that the military's U.S. footprint is at least 25 percent bigger than it needs to be, given the force's shrinking personnel levels. Trimming infrastructure by just 5 percent, they say, could save about $2 billion... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:35:54 EST Building a stronger democracy through government transparency http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152456551/Building-a-stronger-democracy-through-government-transparency Sunshine Week is a time to celebrate one of our nation's most basic values, the public's “right to know.” Our very democracy is built on the idea that our government should not operate in secret. James Madison, a staunch... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:55:52 EST How to request burial at sea http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152328842/How-to-request-burial-at-sea Burial at Sea is a means of final disposition of remains that is performed on U.S. Navy vessels. The committal ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed. Therefore, family members are not allowed to be present. The commanding officer of the... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:55:51 EST American Red Cross needs your help http://heraldindependent.com/news/letters/152270698/American-Red-Cross-needs-your-help I serve on the American Red Cross Advisory Council in Fairfield County. As chairman of the Heroes Campaign, let me tell you a little about how the American Red Cross helps Fairfield County. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:45:55 EST It’s Sunshine Week in SC and the nation http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152376896/Its-Sunshine-Week-in-SC-and-the-nation It's Sunshine Week in South Carolina and the nation.It is a time to recognize and encourage open government and letting the sun shine in on public documents and meetings. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:45:57 EST Open records compliance remains an issue http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152377005/Open-records-compliance-remains-an-issue The controversy encircling Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of private email to conduct public business provides our latest example of government in the shadows, a situation we know well in South Carolina. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:45:52 EST More than half of calls to veteran Crisis Hotline blocked http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152197793/More-than-half-of-calls-to-veteran-Crisis-Hotline-blocked The ABC15 Investigators found the majority of veterans calling the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) national hotline are not getting the help they need. Most callers are either getting hung up on or getting a busy signal. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:45:54 EST Iran and the ‘Memory Hole’ http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152260567/Iran-and-the-Memory-Hole Although Israeli Prime Minister Netenyahu in his speech to Congress painted Iran as a threat to peace, he left out important details concerning the relationship between Iran and the West. There is considerably more to the story. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:45:53 EST Servant Leaders vs. Empty Suits http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152260494/Servant-Leaders-vs.-Empty-Suits In a normal world, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress would have been roundly mocked by the audience for its hypocritical fear mongering. In a normal world, 70 years beyond Hiroshima, major powers... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:45:51 EST Truth and reality will set us all free http://heraldindependent.com/news/letters/152170211/Truth-and-reality-will-set-us-all-free The People have spoken again. This time they finished what they started, the message is very clear. The people black, white, red, yellow and all the social, religious differences that separate us, have also united us. This is a time when we can look... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:10:51 EST Why studying Chinese language, culture is important http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152128265/Why-studying-Chinese-language-culture-is-important As a Chinese teacher, I am certainly interested in the motivations of students to learn Chinese language. I asked them what had led them to the learning of Chinese language and culture. Some of them gave me simple answers such as “I like Chinese... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:45:51 EST President for a day: The bizarre story of David Atchison http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152132694/President-for-a-day:-The-bizarre-story-of-David-Atchison Today we know Inauguration Day as Jan. 20, but it didn't used to be. In fact, up until 1933, United States presidents were sworn into office on March 4 — the date the Constitution was declared into effect by the 1st U.S. Congress in 1789. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:25:52 EST Another tragic display of SC’s domestic violence problem http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152119927/Another-tragic-display-of-SCs-domestic-violence-problem On February 5, around 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina received a text message warning “SHOTS FIRED” — two words that would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 21:45:51 EST Regaining trust with veterans http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152027239/Regaining-trust-with-veterans When Secretary Bob McDonald took office he immediately set off on a series of engagements to regain trust with Veterans. He has visited dozens VA hospitals across the country and mandated all VA facilities conduct quarterly town halls to promote... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:50:51 EST